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“This collaboration highlights the soul and craftsmanship of a slower, thoughtful creative process. The intricacy of it all, the process it went through. I want our customer to view the product as a fruition of dedication and authentic craftsmanship and not just a work of hype, branding or marketing.”
— KEN SAMUDIO
WHERE DID THE IDEA FOR THE COLLABORATION STEM FROM?
Kim: The idea of this platform had been around for awhile and when I thought of who should be involved in the first collaboration of THE FORE I really wanted to work with someone who had a clear design aesthetic and direction. Ken Samudio has been praised for his designs all around the world and has such a deep understanding of his product and his brand ethos. I was so fascinated by his background in marine biology and how those experiences translate into accessories.
Ken: We instantly connected and I guess I am one of the few people who gets her Australian humour. When she proposed to collaborate via The Fore, I always knew that this girl is the answer to all the emerging creative’s prayers. I believed she can use her popularity and clout to help these young, fledgling designers to get local and international recognition.
WHERE DID YOU FIND INSPIRATION FOR THE PIECES?
Kim: The pieces were inspired by some of my favourite artists; Albers, Kelly, Arp, Twombly. I was so inspired by gallery spaces; one of the few places where you can really switch off, stand in front of a beautiful creation and truly imbibe and consume what you see. More often than not, when you’re in a gallery or a museum, your phone is put aside and it’s a truly visceral and personal experience. It’s quiet, intentional and thoughtful, as I believe consumption in the fashion world should be.
Ken: I don’t draw. I don’t sketch but I am an admirer of beautiful things and a beautiful mind. Kim knew exactly what she wanted right from the start and I just let her explore. The acrylic cellulose idea was born out of a wanting to create something artful from a mundane material. The irony, which is always present in my own collections played a huge part in the realization of the collection. Although the material and technique is totally new to me, I knew we were up to something amazing.
WHAT WAS THE PROCESS OF COLLABORATION LIKE?
Kim: Like any merging of parties it can be tough, which I really appreciate and is still such an eye-opening and humbling experience. I can be so laser-focused that oftentimes it’s easy for me to miss design options. Ken really sees design as an end product and I learned so much from him. He’s practical, always designing with his customer in mind, but so experimental that he leaves no stone unturned.
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THIS COLLABORATION?
Kim: The name The Fore is an excerpt from the idiom ‘to bring to the fore’, to highlight and bring to the front. It goes without saying how cacophonous the digital world is and how many voices demand our attention. The idea of The Fore has existed in my mind for at least five years now and it has constantly shape-shifted and evolved to become what it is today. I wanted it to feel quiet and purposeful. I wanted to highlight these designers with whom I have a personal relationship or I have admired from afar. This merging with Ken felt like a natural progression and it’s been both challenging and enlightening to simultaneously witness both the dichotomies and similitudes present in the art of collaboration.
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THIS COLLABORATION?
Ken: The purpose of the collaboration is to bring humanness to the platform. When Kim proposed and explained to me her vision for The Fore, I was filled with utter delight as this can be the beacon of hope for all the emerging designers who are talented but financially-challenged, great visionaries but with poor business acumen.
This collaboration highlights the soul and craftsmanship of slow, thoughtful creative process. The intricacy of it all, the process it went through. I want the consumer to view the product as a fruition of dedication and authentic craftsmanship and not just a work of hype, branding or marketing. I envision The Fore to make that difference, to strike an emotional chord not with the material’s intrinsic value but by the process and thought it went through.
"The beautiful thing about collaboration is that it can assume a variety of identities. When the core focus is on collaboration, the creative freedom is limitless."
— KIM JONES
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